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Minnesota Injury Facts, 2004 Edition: Injuries in the Home, Minnesota

Nearly 10 million home injuries in the U.S. in 2003 required medical attention (National Safety Council). We're more likely to suffer a disabling injury in the home than in the workplace or on the road combined.

Top 10 Causes of Unintentional Injury Death in the Home, Minnesota, 1998-2002

Cause Number Percent
Fall 637 52.5
Poisoning 185 15.3
Fire/flame 120 9.9
Suffocation 112 9.2
Drowning 41 3.4
Natural/environmental 20 1.6
Struck by/against 20 1.6
Machinery 14 1.2
Land transport, other 9 0.7
Firearm 8 0.66
Explosion 8 0.66

From infancy through age 9, our children are most at risk at home from suffocation, drowning and fire. Poisoning emerges as a leading cause in the mid-teens through the late forties. It remains a leading cause, but is eclipsed by falls at age 50.

Top Three Causes of Unintentional Injury Death in the Home, by Age Group, Minnesota, 1998-2002

Age Group Cause Number Total from all Causes
<1 Suffocation
Drowning
Fire/flame
31
2
1
34
1-4 Drowning
Fire/flame
Suffocation
6
6
5
28
5-9 Fire/flame
Suffocation
Drowning
6
3
2
15
10-14 Fire/flame
Suffocation
ATV/Snowmobile, nontraffic
7
6
2
17
15-19 Suffocation
Fire/flame
Poisoning
5
3
2
14
20-24 Poisoning
Fire/flame
Suffocation
12
5
4
31
25-29 Poisoning
Fire/flame
Fall
9
6
3
25
30-34 Poisoning
Suffocation
Fire/flame
18
8
5
46
35-39 Poisoning
Fall
Fire/flame
24
5
5
50
40-44 Poisoning
Fall
Fire/flame
47
10
8
77
45-49 Poisoning
Fall
Fire/flame
40
14
11
80
50-54 Fall
Poisoning
Suffocation
22
14
7
56
55-59 Fall
Suffocation
Poisoning
11
10
6
38
60-64 Fall
Fire/flame
Poisoning
15
6
2
29
65-69 Fall
Fire/flame
Suffocation
30
11
6
54
70-74 Fall
Fire/flame
Poisoning
62
9
4
91
75-79 Fall
Fire/flame
Suffocation
88
8
5
112
80-84 Fall
Fire/flame
Drowning
109
10
3
135
85+ Fall
Fire/flame
Poisoning
261
4
4
281

Source: Minnesota Department of Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Unit

Injuries in the home, U.S.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission, http://www.cpsc.gov/LIBRARY/data.html


  • Additional Pages
    Fatal injuries, Minnesota
    Non-fatal injuries, Minnesota
    All injuries, U.S.
  • Centers for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5307a1.htm


  • Traffic injuries, Minnesota
    Traffic injuries, U.S.
  • National Center for Statistics and Analysis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. DOT, http://www.nhtsa.gov/NCSA


  • Workplace injuries, Minnesota
    Workplace injuries, U.S.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/bls/safety.htm
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/chartbook/


  • Recreational injuries, Minnesota
    Recreational injuries, U.S.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission, http://www.cpsc.gov/LIBRARY/data.html


  • Minnesota injuries by age
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 1-19
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 20-39
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 40-59
  • Minnesota Injury Facts, Ages 60-85+

  • Minnesota Department of Health:
  • Ten Leading Causes of Nonfatal Hospitalized Injury by Age Group, Minnesota 1998-2001
  • Ten Leading Causes of Nonfatal ED-treated Injury by Age Group, Minnesota 1998-2001


  • Minnesota injuries by gender Minnesota injuries by costs
  • Minnesota Department of Health, http://www.health.state.mn.us/injury/pub/ed2001/index.cfm (see "Impact")
  • Minnesota Department of Public Safety, http://www.dps.state.mn.us/ots/crashdata/codes_project.asp


  • Prevention recommendations